10 TIPS FOR HANDLING DEPRESSION

  • Create a daily plan and a weekly schedule; strive to set small, realistic, daily goals, and check your progress regularly.
  • Include fun, enjoyable activities in each day’s schedule.
  • Identify at least three things that you are grateful for before you go to bed each night.
  • Examine your thoughts and challenge negative self-talk; work to replace negative, self-defeating thoughts with positive ones.
  • Allow yourself to experience your feelings; keep a journal to help process your emotions and thoughts.
  • Focus on your unique characteristics; work to develop your strengths.
  • Develop a support system; keep in touch with friends and family.
  • Keep active and exercise regularly to ease tension and help with relaxation.
  • Eat balanced, nutritious meals; try not to skip meals.
  • Seek professional help if your depression persists or if you are feeling hopeless, afraid, or suicidal.